Replacing Xbox One hard drive makes system run faster, modder shows

New video details how to replace hard drive for Microsoft's new system; doing so will void your warranty.

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Replacing the Xbox One's 500GB hard drive with a larger capacity SSD will make the system run faster overall, YouTube user "Brian Williams" claims in a new video posted below. The PlayStation 4 also runs faster with a new hard drive, we found in our own analysis last month.

It should be noted that while the Xbox One's hard drive can be swapped out, doing so will void your warranty. For the sake of comparison, the video shows speeds for the Xbox One's on-board Samsung OEM 500GB hard drive, as well as a Seagate 1TB hybrid SSHD and a Samsung 500GB EVO SSD.

"Brian Williams" demonstrates in the video that booting to the main Xbox One home screen is about 10 percent faster with a new hard drive. What's more, the system was able to load one level of Call of Duty: Ghosts 20 percent faster once the on-board hard drive was removed and replaced.

Getting the Xbox One to work with a new hard drive also requires formatting and installing the replacement drive. Since the Xbox One does not officially support swapping in a new hard drive, there are no official instructions on how to do so, though "Brian Williams" has also provided a guide for this.

Unlike the Xbox One, the PlayStation 4 freely allows users to replace the system's on-board 500GB hard drive, so long as certain requirements are met. Both the Xbox One and PS4 do not support external storage, at least not right now.

Discussion

619 comments
Thomas Loupe
Thomas Loupe

According to anyone with a brain, SSD's make everything faster.

Cory Boone Chenausky
Cory Boone Chenausky

Yeah and I was told that if your a gold member and the Xbox hears you cuss you can get barred from online services

Jayden Lee
Jayden Lee

I'd have to say, the 360 beats the Xbone hands down. The Xbone may have a lot of gimmicky features and a better kinect, but when push comes to shove the 360 experience is still more enjoyable and easy to navigate. Unfortunatly, I had to buy the Xbone to find this out.

Nina Seraphim
Nina Seraphim

my pc hard drive is 4 terabytes so do not even think about saying pc is comparable to console there is 560 game installed on my pc so get lost idiot

Isa San
Isa San

Faster loading times

Erkan Kizilcak
Erkan Kizilcak

ps4 does have the option to change hard drive and keeping the warranty

Luis Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez

no, it's just that PC is always several steps ahead.

Hassan Masood
Hassan Masood

I believe the same goes to PS4 as well. I've seen the same post for a PS4 hard drive, and you can make that system faster than it already is as well. So it's a plus point for both systems. If I was to purchase this, I would definitely love it if both companies market a newer version or model of this system, selling a console with an SSD HDD. I would love it.

Zachary Collins
Zachary Collins

It won't make it "run" faster. It will allow for faster load/store, but it won't make the machine run faster.

Nic Barlow
Nic Barlow

wtf! already people are looking to upgrade the system, no good. I'm gonna wait until these 'next generation' systems can do it all and the games are wow wow wow.

Howard Zhihao Wen
Howard Zhihao Wen

Same goes for the ps4 except when you do it on the ps4 it wont void the warranty

Jordan Maure
Jordan Maure

i would never take my system apart that much, to risky for a $500 cable box

Laurence Mason-guetta
Laurence Mason-guetta

hmm not having exchangeable hardrives is a problem and they need a 1tb version in definate maybe even a 2tb

Jordan Cervantes
Jordan Cervantes

Joseph, The only reason you would upgrade once a year is to get the absolute top graphics available each time a new game is released. People have builds that are 5+ years old that still keep up with what consoles are coming out with.

Adam Davidson
Adam Davidson

Who the hell wants a $500 overpriced ugly cable box.

Stephany Brandson
Stephany Brandson

Common sense would tell you that adding an SDD would make nearly any system somewhat faster. Just a bummer that Microsoft is so anti-upgrade. I'm glad Sony decided to let users still upgrade their hard drives.

Blu Gaxiola
Blu Gaxiola

I rather install a ssd on my PC to be faster.

Lydon Doublezz Lewis
Lydon Doublezz Lewis

well no duuuh!!!! Same gose for last and neo current gen!!! U ged faster read speeds with SSD's!!!

Jules Williams
Jules Williams

faster with an SSD who would of thought that *sigh*..... seriously of course an SSD is quicker

Amanda Turner
Amanda Turner

built mine for under 900 thru cyberpowerpc.com With 3 day build and 3 day mail it was only 1100. Its a damn good one too

Mark Smith
Mark Smith

I bought an Xbox 360 Elite when they first came out and I'm still using it now.........

Antony Hung
Antony Hung

SSD on an XBone? What's the point? Why waste that money? It's like putting Ferrari Enzo wheels on a Fiat Punto. Get a PC already.

Ken Lombard
Ken Lombard

The way Xboxs have died in the past, I probably wouldn't void the warranty until a couple years in.

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

Tj Campbell all games average about 40GB in size and have to be installed to the HDD.. That 500GB will not last long

Chris Keaton
Chris Keaton

And cost more than the system itself ...

AgentCOPP1
AgentCOPP1

Actually the idiot here is you because you've installed 560 games on your computer. Someone who has such a little amount of life to do that doesn't exactly say "intelligent" to me.